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Kids today are surrounded by technology. From their phones and tablets to their video games and laptops, we live in a very electronic society. Technology is amazing and I personally love the time we live in and look forward to what new gadgets are still to come, but I also love to be in the forest and hear the wind blow through the trees, see the birds and squirrels frolicking, smell the pine from the trees and feel the crunch of bare ground beneath my feet.

SBNF signOne of the most amazing things about Big Bear is our National Forest. The variety of plant life and animals that make the forest their home will surprise and fascinate you. The forest is a wondrous place, especially to the young and young at heart, and it is so important for us to explore the world we live in. Sometimes we need to put down the gadgets and experience the wonders of the natural world.

A great way to learn more about the San Bernardino National Forest and the Big Bear area in particular is to head over to the north shore of the lake and visit the Big Bear Discovery Center. They have programs for young and old alike which include interpretive trails and hikes, kayak and canoe tours, a Children’s Forest and the Nature Discovery Zone.

From the Discovery Center website:

The Nature Discovery Zone is an outdoor adventure space designed to enhance nature play and exploration while reconnecting children to nature.

The Zone is designed to inspire creativity, connectivity and stewardship to the natural environment for children 2 to 7 years childrens-forest.180.135.cof age.  This new addition to the Big Bear Discovery Center features nine interactive areas to encourage outdoor exploration and unstructured play.  Areas include: gathering area, nature art, messy materials, building, climbing and crawling, music and movement, pathways through planting, dirt digging, quiet area, and a large open area for unstructured play.

DiscoveryCenterZoneSpring, Summer and Fall in Big Bear are the perfect times of year to get outside and enjoy the forest. The Discovery Center has programs for all ages and is the perfect place to start your forest adventure. You can get more information about their programs and hours from their website at: http://www.mountainsfoundation.org/big-bear-discovery-center

Be sure to head over to RSVacations.net and take a look at our wide selection of cabins. We have lodge cabins for your group, lakefronts, family cabins and romantic cabins for 2. We have just lowered our rates for spring and will be running specials throughout the next couple of months as well. Book a Big Bear Cabin today!

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Steve Cassling as The Fool

Steve Cassling as “The Fool” in Robin Hood-The Panto

My husband and I had some friends up from Moreno Valley last weekend. We wanted to do something fun and unique one night, so we decided to take them to see “Robin Hood-The Panto” at the Discovery Center Amphitheater. I had no idea what to expect other than a retelling of the Robin Hood story performed by two actors. It was HILARIOUS! We all truly enjoyed the performance and were amazed by the talent of the two local actors – Brian Adams and Steve Cassling.

Robin Hood-The Panto has four more performances for you to see and I highly recommend it! It plays August 2, 3, 9 & 10 at the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater and tickets are only $5 for adults, $3 for teens and kids 12 and under are FREE! All shows begin at 7:00 PM and last 1 hour. Tickets are sold at the door. You wont be disappointed!!

Check out the Poster at the bottom of this post.Robin Hood 11

Here is a brief description of “Panto” for those who have never heard of it:

Pantomime (informally, panto) – not to be confused with the theatrical medium of mime – is a form of musical comedy stage production, designed for families, developed in the United Kingdom and mostly performed during the Christmas and New Year season. Modern pantomime includes songs, slapstick comedy and dancing, employs gender-crossing actors, and combines topical humour with a story loosely based on a well-known fairy tale. It is a participatory form of theatre, in which the audience is expected to sing along with certain parts of the music and shout out phrases to the performers.

Pantomime has a long theatrical history in Western culture dating back to classical theatre, and it developed partly from the 16th-century commedia dell’arte tradition of Italy, as well as other European and British stage traditions, such as 17th-century masques.

From Wikipedia

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